The Museum permanent exhibits is divided into 9 Sections.
Kg Nunuk Ragang is a mini village depicting the birth of the Kadazandusun people according to the story that has been passed down from generations to generations. Inside the Nunuk Ragang scene, there are many activities happening such as the merry making celebration, thanksgiving ritual by the high priestess Bobohizan and paddy planting.
The Kadazandusun Section exhibits 20 groups of different Kadazandusun ethnicities with different scene and background. Each of the ethnicities is differentiated through their costumes fashions.
Although Rungus are considered a minority ethnics but the number of their population is quite large and they show significant influence in the North Borneo cultural heritage through the production of their hand-woven clothes and traditional beaded accessories.
The Muslims Exhibit is a section where all the Muslim community such as the Bajau, Iranun, Kedayan, Suluk and many more displayed. Even though they are Muslim by religions, most of them still held their culture very dear to their hearts. To adapt with the Islamic teaching, they has modify their traditional costume to reflect with their Islamic faith.
The Murut Sections showcased 8 different Murutic tribes. Although the Murut is well known as the Headhunter, not all of the Murut tribes practicing head hunting. The mini scene depict a story on the head hunting activity and how the enemy skull is being use as a wedding dowry in their community.
The Orang Sungai or Paitanic Section depicts a scene on the bird nest cultivating by the Orang Sungai Buludupi. At the section, there are few less known ethnic groups such as the Kamansi or Labuk but they had a gorgeous costume design.
The favourite section is The Lilliput of Malaysia is a miniature wedding showcase where 10 couples in traditional costume from all over Sabah had their wedding attended by all the Malaysians in colourful traditional costumes.
The Peninsular Section showcased traditional costumes from each of the state in Peninsular. Even though they are referred as Malays in general, however each state have their own Malay costumes largely influenced by their Malay origins.
The Hornbill Section is a mini village of the Sarawakian residing at the southern part of the Borneo Island. The exhibit showcase the different type of long houses used in Sarawak too.